The pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared a sit-at-home order on May 30, 2017 for all Biafrans to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of Biafra State by the Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and to commemorate Biafran fallen heroes of 1967 to 1970 and those who were also allegedly shot dead during peaceful protests for Nnamdi Kanu’s release in different states in the South East and South South of Nigeria.
IPOB noted that it is extremely important that those heroes and heroines who lost their lives during the war are honoured and remembered.
The group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful in a statement said this year’s Biafra remembrance day would be extraordinary, as it marks the Golden Jubilee of the restoration of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth which is Biafra.
Part of the statement read: “May 30, 2017 sit-at-home and heroes Remembrance Day will be the 50th year of the divine declaration of Biafra by our eternal leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu who, by the grace of God announced the coming and independent state of Biafra which we are still on today.
“Therefore, every family in Biafraland, both men and women who lost family members or relatives during that war of 1967 till date, either through starvation or bullet shot by security agents should write down the name of the person and pray over it to God Almighty on that day.
“Moreso, if you know your family, village or community lost anybody during the war, May 30 is a date to honour and remember them with a two-minute silence. It would be a day of sober reflection and renewal of faith in the supremacy of the Will of Almighty God in our lives.
“The civilised countries of the world remember and honour those that died for them and because we Biafrans are civilised people, we must honour and remember those who fought and died for us to live.
“We also call on traditional rulers, town union presidents general, women associations, youth leaders and associations, church leaders, clergymen and women, community heads and elders all over Biafraland to honour and remember those who died and contributed immensely in one way or the other for our people to live today in Nigeria.”